Benjamin Logan board recognizes Napier; learns of potential retirement from BLMS Principal


Submitted by Sally Stolly

The Benjamin Logan Board of Education met in regular session Monday evening.

Here are the highlights from the meeting:

Board members recognized senior Isaac Napier as a Semifinalist in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The board also learned Benjamin Logan Middle School Principal Scott Frederick is considering retirement in February 2023. The board has asked Mr. Frederick to consider reemployment as the Middle School Principal after his retirement. The Board will hold a meeting on November 28, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Office as a public meeting on the reemployment of Scott Frederick.

Revised OAPSE Salary Schedule approved for FY22-FY24; *Specialty Trades position added (Superintendent John Scheu wishes to make this salary more competitive for those with the appropriate licensure to address HVAC needs)

Resignations-Scott Karstetter- Custodian- Effective September 27, 2022. (Last day worked September 26, 2022)

Employed Justin Shupert- Maintenance Specialty Trades- Step 7- Effective October 31, 2022, on a One-Year Limited Contract (Effective remainder of August 1, 2022, through July 31, 2023)

Employed Michelle Phipps- Step 0 Secretary (Transportation) Effective October 25, 2022. Payment issued per hour, per timesheet. Not to exceed 25 hours per week.

Adjusted the salary step for Tim Scheiderer from Step 9 to Step 13 on CLS III salary schedule effective October 18, 2022.

Approved deduct days for Jon Appelfeller and Jaclyn Powers

Approved David Wood and Joslin Lee for Detention, Saturday School, and Study Tables as per the negotiated agreement for the 2022-2023 school year.

Approved the classified substitute for the 2022-2023 school year, contingent upon completion of all O.R.C. employment requirements. Transportation- Van Driver/Ryan Buffkin, Transportation- Bus Driver/Ryan Buffkin, Secretary/Jessica Gibson

Approved supplemental contracts for the 2022-2023 school year at the respective level of the salary schedule upon completion of all O.R.C requirements.


Superintendent Scheu shaking hands with Napier

Basketball Coach Girls JV HS Tracey Gregg 0

Cheer Coach Basketball JV HS Alix Coons 0


Band Marching Director HS- Myles Bowers 5

Band Marching Director Assistant HS- Maggie Bowlby 0

Class Advisor 10 Sophomore HS Trish Hemmelgarn 5

Play Director HS- Maggie Bowlby 0

Approved the resignation of Darrin Reese- ES Art Club supplemental contracts for the 2022-2023 school year.

Approved the Washington D.C. trip for 8th graders to participate in the Washington D.C. trip from May 3-5, 2023.

Policy Update 41.1- Second Reading and Approval

Accepted donations/volunteer services as presented

The next regular board meeting will be on November 28 at the Central Office.

Congratulations to Isaac Napier son of Daniel & Stephanie Napier of Zanesfield.

Napier with his family

As a high school junior, Isaac entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment,

and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From over 16,000 Semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists.

Jennifer Sudhoff spoke with Jack Reser who will welcome any questions from the board. Sudhoff shared, “In the property tax line, the district will see an increase in the funds coming in. We are going to receive more money due to valuation. We do have some figures on the windmills. This fiscal year will be half of the payment in March. All of this will be built into the November forecast. State funding is always a wild card. There is no guarantee that the state funding formula will remain the same. Real estate taxes and windmill dollars will be included in the November 28 forecast report. A lease purchase for a track will be built into the forecast for future planning.”